Battlefield 2042 has had a tough time of it since its launch. The game was widely panned by fans of the series and critics alike. Player numbers have been dropping at record rates, and the game doesn’t appear to be any closer to fixing many of the fundamental problems that players have. So it’s no surprise that last week there were reports that EA is reportedly “looking at all the options” when it comes to turning the beleaguered title around, including making Battlefield 2042 F2P.
However, new reports suggest that the F2P option might not be as drastic as initially expected. If Battlefield 2042 goes F2P it could in fact just be one of the game modes that is made F2P. According to reputable leaker Tom Henderson, EA is “potentially looking at making Portal F2P in some capacity.” However, he stresses that the situation is changing on a daily basis at EA. According to Henderson, it is believed at EA that Battlefield 2042’s Portal mode would be the best option because it is the mode that is most likely to get people to purchase the full version of the game. He said that Hazard Zone, the other big mode in the game, is struggling with players and has, at times, just a few hundred players.
EA has been struggling to fix the issues that gamers have with Battlefield 2042. Henderson reports that the company isn’t entirely sure how to turn the game around. Last month, EA made all of Battlefield 2042 F2P for a weekend. The earliest it has done a free weekend in the history of the franchise. However, according to SteamDB, the free weekend did nothing to slow the hemorrhaging of players that Battlefield 2042 is experiencing. Whether making Portal mode F2P would get players into Battlefield 2042 remains to be seen.